Who is Lilian Weeks and Why Choose Nature Beads

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TAGUA NUTS SOFT-3There are many jewelry component companies in the US, who ship natural beads from around the world but none understand the products and ecology behind them quite like Nature Beads founder Lilian Weeks. Having studied biology and aquaculture in college, earning a degree and even teaching local fishermen responsible fishing methods, Lilian understands the need to protect and preserve natural ecosystems. A born explorer and lover of adventure Lilian grew up in the Amazon, and developed relationships with local artisans, while in college doing research. Her fascination with native artwork and jewelry grew as she encountered unique adornments made from natural substances such as wood, seeds, feathers, and even fish scales.

From Hobby to Career

Needing some extra money for books, college expenses, and of course SHOES while studying, Lilian ACAI BEADS-1began making and selling her own jewelry to friends. Through trial and error Lilian developed her own methods, creating pieces that came from the inspiration gained from her surroundings and the indigenous people she met in local villages. This ignited a passion that would lead to the creation of Nature Beads. But first, Lilian would meet her Prince Charming.

New Beginnings

In 2006 Lilian met David, fell in love, and moved to the United States, to begin her new life as a jewelry designer and business owner. Bringing native beads, tools, and jewelry, Lilian started her website in 2006 experiencing slow growth initially. However, designers soon discovered Lilian’s unique products, loving her South American influenced jewelry components including Tagua nuts, Tagua beads, Tagua slices, Acai beads, and sea glass pendants, among other unique product lines like fish leather.

fishleather banglesFrom Humble Beginnings to Nature Beads Owner

In March 2008, Lilian was featured in Bead Style Magazine, and has been in many other magazines since. Today Nature Beads inspires jewelry designers and artists to create the custom designs of their dreams, using naturally sourced products from artisans and craftsmen and women that Lilian maintains relationships with abroad. In fact, Lilian seeks out the finest Tagua and Acai from those artisans she knows and trusts to provide the highest quality beads and jewelry components on the market. Thus, Nature Beads continues to grow, serving our artists and friends with pride because we know our stuff, and we provide the best beads in the industry. We continue to grow and look forward to the chance to serve all your natural jewelry and beading needs.


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We LOVE Fashion Fall 2013

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At Nature Beads, we LOVE fashion! We are obsessed with what’s hot, and what you’re going to want to wear, so today we’re letting you in on the hot colors for fall 2013. Designers are loving shades of grey, ivory, nude, khaki, and chocolate for neutral bases this year. We’re loving the contrast of vibrant colored beads and pendants in shades like cranberry, peacock blue, and even orange against these neutrals for a pop of color.

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Designers are also using color this year in unexpected ways. Muted shades of green and pink are still hot, while vibrant colors such as yellow, fuchsia, tangerine, cobalt, and peacock are on trend for this fall. We like the idea of mixing contrasting colors using our accessories for visual interest like wearing  rust colored beads with our fuchsia outfits.

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Can’t Get Enough of that Beautiful Stuff

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We can’t overstate the awesome talent that is Sherry Hutchison Serafini! Her designs are not only beautiful, but original, unique, and incredibly special. With beads, chains, and fish leather, her creations awe and inspire. Isn’t this necklace dreamy?

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More Amazing Artistry from Sherry Hutchison Serafini

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Sherry Hutchison Serafini is a visionary jewelry designer and artist. We are not just in Like, we are in LOVE with this cool design. We can’t get enough of her bold style and unique take on fashion. Here’s looking at you. eye piece


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Artist: Sherry Hutchison Serafini

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We can’t get enough of artist and jewelry designer Sherry Hutchison Serafini. Her creativity knows no boundaries and we are so proud to provide her with the fish leather needed to create some of her amazing designs. Don’t you want one of these?

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Artist: Rachel Grewe Kantner

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We love our artist friends at Nature Beads, and wanted to show off some of their amazing work using our products. For example, artist Rachel Grewe Kantner created this beautiful necklace using the star fruit tagua nut bead and black agate beads.

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My new OBSESSION!

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Obsessions will come and they will go. I have loved so many things that I no longer remember and I have fallen in love with new things, new people – mostly THINGS now days. Browsing through the Fashion Blogs, I came across “Jeffrey Campbell”, the great show designer from Los Angeles, CA. His designs are always exuberant, romantic and tall! I became obsessed with a pair in special, out of stock in mostly places and when available, not in my size. Many days of search and wa-la! I found it in my size and I had to spend a few extra bucks for it, but totally worth. Here is the picture and hope you LOVE it!

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